" Extra, extra (The paper boy)" by John George Brown‘Paperboy, Little Neck, Queens, N.Y. 1954-55’ by Ron Singer The Society December 15, 2017 Beauty, Culture, Poetry 1 Comment Paperboys lack actual colleagues, but I was a part-time paper boy, and my mother, a part-time colleague. When I’d oversleep, or in bad weather, she’d rescue me from the steep daily grind. “Leave the bike home. I’ll drive, to save time.” That was all; guilt trips were not her way. (Those were the bailiwick of my father.) When I was short of friends, she and I played. I’d kick a soccer ball up the driveway, mostly relishing the crashing echo of ball against door. But Mom would bellow, when I tattooed her legs. Now, that’s a friend! Only with her death would our friendship end. Excerpted from Colleagues: 1954-2014 Ron Singer’s poetry has appeared, e.g., in alba, Anemone Sidecar, Avatar Review, Borderlands, The Brooklyn Rail, Cake, Ducts, Evergreen Review, Grey Sparrow, The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Strong Verse, Waterways: Poetry in the Mainstream, Windsor Review, andWord Riot. He is also the author of ten books. For details, www.ronsinger.net. Related Post ‘The Oddity’ and Other Poetry by Mark Stevick The Oddity My pen and me set off to sea but washed up feeing useless; the cadent swell invoked a spell and story of Odysseus. While... Tell the world:FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestRedditLinkedInEmail One Response David Hollywood December 15, 2017 Tender and thoughtful. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.